In spectacular and diverse Regional NSW, explore Aboriginal cultural heritage sites in UNESCO World Heritage areas such as the Blue Mountains and the Mungo National Park, enjoy Aboriginal-led tours, and admire beautiful Aboriginal art in public art galleries and Indigenous-owned cultural centres.
Cultural and Spiritual Connections to Land
In national parks and nature reserves are Aboriginal rock paintings, engravings and ceremonial sites. A great way to experience this heritage is on Aboriginal-guided tours. You’ll hear Dreaming stories, admire beautiful landscapes and seascapes, and learn more about the world’s oldest living culture.
From the spectacular coast to diverse Country NSW to the striking outback, there are experiences across Regional NSW. Join Aboriginal rangers on discovery tours in Cape Byron State Conservation Area, Muttonbird Island, Sea Acres Rainforest, Booderee National Park, and in other protected areas.
North of Australia’s star-gazing capital Coonabarabran, in Pilliga National Park, join an Aboriginal Discovery ranger on the Sandstone Caves walking track and explore ancient rock art. You can book your tour at the Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre in Baradine, a half-hour drive from Coonabarabran.
In UNESCO World Heritage areas are more significant cultural heritage sites. On an Aboriginal Blue Mountains Walkabout, in the Blue Mountains, you’ll explore the natural beauty and visit indigenous cultural sites along an ancient songline, a path through the Dreaming and remembered in songs.
Mungo National Park is in the Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area. The stunning landscape in far southwest NSW is rich in Aboriginal history, including evidence of human occupation dating back 60,000 years. You can explore Mungo on Aboriginal tours with Harry Nanya or park rangers.
In Mutawintji National Park, northeast of Broken Hill, are magnificent examples of Aboriginal rock art. You can visit the first NSW national park to be returned to traditional owners with Mutawintji Eco Tours, which is accredited by the owners to conduct small group tours in this restricted site.
Another delightful way to experience the extraordinary beauty of Aboriginal art is in regional public art galleries, such as the Wollongong Art Gallery and the Moree Plains Gallery. You can also buy authentic Aboriginal arts and crafts from indigenous cultural centres and Aboriginal artist studios.